2012 Red Mountain Blend - Hedges Family Estate
Dark purple-black color. Aromas of dark berry fruit, black cherry cola, gamey meat, dried herbs, sweet clove spice, and a thread of black licorice and bacon fat. In the mouth this wine is full, leathery and sappy, slightly sweet and tart with noticeable tannins. The flavors are dark berry fruit, toast, smoky clove spice and gamey meat. The finish is long with leathery and dried berry skin notes. Grapes are from Red Mountain AVA vineyards within a 2 mile radius of the winery: Hedges, Bel’ Villa, Les Gosses, Magdalena and Rockwell Brown.. The wine was destemmed and partially crushed into stainless steel fermenters where it was pumped over twice daily until desired tannin extraction was achieved. It was then pressed to barrels where it underwent malo-lactic fermentation, then racked off lees and 100% barrel aged for 10 months in 41% new American (67%) and French oak (33%). Harvest Notes: 2012 was another excellent and more normal vintage in Washington State, a welcome change after the cooler and wetter 2010 and 2011 vintages. The “fading” La Nina current brought warmer and more even spring and summer temperatures and an extended warm, dry autumn with perfect 80 to 85 Fahrenheit afternoon highs and 40 to 50 Fahrenheit lows without rain. The result was great set that yielded ripe, disease free fruit with good natural acidity. The resulting wines reflect the excellent qualities of the fruit and are a pleasure to drink. Probably one of the top 5 vintages I’ve been associated with in Washington State.